Activating Restoration Through the Anointing

“Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. ” - Zechariah 4:6

Do you want to know how to stand and walk in what God has for you?  Read this article and be ready to activate the Anointing in your life!

Zerubbabel was questioning how certain things were going to come to pass. We do the same thing sometimes: “How is this going to happen? How is this going to work? How can I get from this point to that point?” God says, “It’s not going to be by military means. It’s not going to be by your power or through your efforts. There are limits to your power, but there are no limits to the power of my Spirit.”

 You may be living with strained relationships or circumstances such as disgruntled parishioners, wayward family members, jealous colleagues or financial struggles. I have good news for you—restoration is God’s will for you. The ultimate restoration occurred when the love of God sent Jesus to die on the cross. Because of that, you have been restored to full peace with God. Anything in your life that has been damaged can be fixed, made better and placed into your hands. There’s an anointing of restoration when we say God’s Word, sow His seed, and walk in His love. There’s an anointing of restoration when we praise God in the middle of tests and trials and release our faith.

Step into your anointing and receive from God that which Satan has taken. Your salvation, your health, your increase—any blessing in your life—will not come to pass because of your education, your race, your support system or anything else. These things are going to be accomplished only by His anointing. The anointing removes the destructive power of Satan and creates new things that you could not possibly create for yourself. God initiated this in Genesis, chapter one: He spoke and then the Spirit of God moved. The Holy Ghost is God’s creative power.

We stir up the anointing by speaking, singing, giving thanks and submitting ourselves to one another (see Ephesians chapters 5 & 6). We also can set the anointing in motion by prophesying the Word, by talking about God’s strength instead of our weakness, by singing praises unto God and by praying and giving.
Restoration is the will of God for you, your family and your ministry. Let’s look at definitions for the word restore:

  • To return a specific thing which has been lost, taken or unjustly detained.
  • To return to a former place. For example, your husband left you, but he comes back.
  • To heal, secure, to recover from disease. For example, if you were healthy and lost your health, restoration would mean that your health would return.
  • To repair or to build. For example, if something is torn down, restoration means that a new one would be built.
  • To renew or reestablish. For example, if you have a relationship that is messed up, restoration means that fellowship will be reestablished.
  • To make restitution or give satisfaction for things taken by returning the things or giving something else of different or greater value.
  • To revive or renew health and soundness, such as restoration from sickness or insanity or recovery from a lapse or bad state.

Let's look at some people who had the anointing or restoration manifest in their lives, along with an example of the restoration of God's people.

The Shunammite Woman, 2 Kings 4

These men had been given a high position in government. They decided to do things God’s way and God caused them to be promoted—that’s how you get increase! Jealous officials set a trap for them, but they refused to bow down. When brought before King Nebuchadnezzar, they activated the anointing, saying, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king” (3:17). Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the furnace, but when the king looked in, he saw four men, one of whom was like the Son of God! They stepped out, and there was not a drop of sweat on them! The king marveled that their God had done what no other god could. He commanded everyone to start worshipping their God.

God will give you what is required in order for you to stay cool in the middle of trials, but it all begins by speaking boldly with the anointing. When the anointing gets involved, lives are spared and a turnaround takes place! Don’t tell God which way restoration has to happen. God has many different ways to get it to you. You need to be open to whatever way He wants to do it.

Job

Job was the richest man in the East, and he had a large family. He lost his health, his wealth and his children. His wife told him to curse God and die. Job made mistakes and got out of faith, but God didn’t give up on him. When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord turned the captivity of Job, giving Job twice as much as he had before and blessing the end of his life more than his beginning.

God’s restoration does not involve only getting back what the devil stole from you; it involves receiving more than what the devil took. Keep the faith, even if you’ve messed up. God is looking for an opportunity to restore you.

The Valley of Dry Bones, Ezekiel 37

Ezekiel prophesied that the valley of dry bones would once again know life. The bones were a metaphor for the experience in Jerusalem after Jesus ascended into Heaven. Jerusalem was overrun by a foreign army and destroyed, and the children of God were scattered all over the world.  In May 1948, this prophecy came to pass; Israel became a nation again. God brought these dry bones to life again based upon the word of a prophet spoken thousands of years ago. God exercises faith and patience! The Spirit of God is on that nation today!

Words of the Lord have been spoken over you that haven’t yet come to pass. They will. God is just letting you know what He’s going to do and He wants you to join Him in bringing it about. When God brings it to pass, nobody will be able to stop it.

This article is written by Bishop Keith A. Butler

In his signature line-by-line style, Bishop Keith A. Butler travels the world teaching the Word of God without compromise. Bishop Butler is dedicated to teaching believers how to live their faith. He is the founder of Word of Faith International Christian Center and the Senior Pastor of faith4life churches in Round Rock and Dallas, Texas.
As Bishop, he oversees 14 ministry operations in the United States. Bishop Butler has also established several international ministry works. The Word of Faith Ministerial Alliance is a fellowship of ministers and Christian leaders who have received Bishop Butler as their spiritual father and/or mentor. Through its companion website, faithleaders.com, ministers and Christian leaders can find valuable resources to aid them in their ministry callings.
Bishop Butler has a nationally televised program on the Golden Eagle Broadcasting Network called “Live your Faith”.  He is the author of over 24 books with such titles as Living Life on Top, The Art of Prayer, God’s Not Mad at You and God’s Plan for Man. With the support of his lovely wife, Pastor Deborah L. Butler, and their children: Pastor Andre Butler and wife Tiffany Butler (granddaughters Alexis, Angela, & April), Pastor MiChelle, and Minister Kristina.  Bishop Butler continues to plant churches worldwide.